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I love homemade almond milk and if you have never had it, you should definitely give it a try! Tastes way different (which is disturbing) and far better than store bought. Also, it’s a lot cheaper AND it doesn’t have any of the nasty ingredients that all of the store bought brands have. Nothing goes to waste with this almond milk either. I save the pulp to be dehydrated into almond flour for baked goods. I love my life. Choose to be healthy.

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Almond Milk
1⃣Soak 1 cup of raw almonds in 4 cups of water with a pinch of salt overnight
2⃣Drain and thoroughly rinse almonds and place in a blender
3⃣Also to the blender add:
🔹4c water
🔹pinch of salt
🔹2 pitted dates (optional)
4⃣Blend until thoroughly mixed and almost reaches a smooth texture
5⃣Pour into a nut bag (or thin cotton dish towel over a strainer over a bowl) and squeeze all of the milk out of the pulp (reserve pulp to be dehydrated into almond flour)
6⃣Store in the fridge, good for 5-7 days (shake before pouring as it may separate which is normal)
**Optional add-ins: cinnamon, vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, honey, raw cacao…add-in possibilities are endless!**

Almond Flour
1⃣Pour pulp onto dehydrator tray lined with parchment paper into a thin, even layer
2⃣Dehydrate around 115F for 4-12 hours (depending on amount, moisture, and thickness of pulp) until dry and crumbly
3⃣Store in the freezer until ready to use

Almonds, water, dates and salt in the blender

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Pulp poured into thin dish cloth ready to be squeezed

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Pulp on dehydrator tray

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For Christmas, my hubby got me a dehydrator and I have been experimenting with it lately. My first treat I tried was Japanese sweet potato chips in both sea salt and BBQ flavors. They had good flavor but lacked the crunch of a typical chip. Next time I try chips, I may toss the into the oven for a few minutes after dehydrating to try and crisp them up. Still delicious and WAY healthier than store bought chips. My second treat I made was this sweet, yummy snack! Sweet banana chips. I didn’t mind that these have that chewiness to them, at first bite they are hard then they sort of just melt in your mouth. Perfect! Another healthy snack in the books.

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1⃣Slice 1 ripe but still firm bananas into even slices, 1/8″-1/4″ thickness (I used a mandolin) and place in a small bowl
2⃣In a small sauce pan melt together (May need to double depending in size and amount of bananas):
🔹1T coconut oil
🔹1-2t honey (or maple syrup)
🔹1t cinnamon (can add nutmeg too)
🔹optional-1t coconut sugar
**Dip a banana in the sauce to taste and adjust spice/sweetness as desired**
3⃣Pour sauce over sliced bananas and gently stir until all are coated
4⃣Dehydrate 130F for 12hrs (longer/shorter depending on thickness of bananas)